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Poster: Sansloy Date: Nov 14, 2013 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Smoking at shows

I've been listening to a boatload of shows in the 72 range and noticed that there are a fair number of stage announcement about not smoking in the venue. In fact, in the middle of Truckin in the Oklahoma City Music Hall on 1972-11-14 show, "Don't smoke" is worked into the song:

https://archive.org/details/gd1972-11-14.sbd.miller.11836.sbeok.shnf

Was the band required to make announcements about smoking to meet fire laws? Asked by the venue staff?

My first show was in 81 at the Garden, and I never remember anything like that, perhaps because they were in mostly stadiums at that point.

I'm sure somebody knows.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Nov 15, 2013 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smoking at shows

Whether they were required or not, it was definitely in their best interest - shows could easily have been shut down by fire marshals or by the venue if there was a safety issue, but NOBODY involved would ever actually want that to happen, because then your large, unruly crowd would be an angry large, unruly crowd ...

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Nov 14, 2013 4:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smoking at shows

I wouldn't doubt it. In the 11/17/73 concert they clearly blame the fire marshals for their announcement to clear the aisles. A very snarky moment from Phil. "They're too chicken to come up and tell you themselves".

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Poster: nwgj Date: Nov 15, 2013 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smoking at shows

I love a good smoking rant from the boys. Here's a great one from Phil (before Box), prompting some priceless wit from Bob and Jer:
https://archive.org/details/gd1973-03-22.sbd.cantor.deibert.83397.flac16

And another good one (before the show). Remember your hippie training, folks!
https://archive.org/details/gd73-12-19.aud.clugston.8602.sbeok.shnf

Life, of course, is one big jones for the cigarette smoker.
https://archive.org/details/gd1978-04-21.123212.sbd.miller.flac16

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Poster: Jim F Date: Nov 16, 2013 3:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smoking at shows

Don't forget about 10/14/77. Right before Playin' I believe.

https://archive.org/details/gd1977-10-14.sbd.fixed.miller.110419.flac16

I always took for granted that you could pretty much smoke anywhere in America until it gradually got phased out in the late 1980's and 1990's. And the 2000's saw smoking restrictions in OUTDOOR spaces. Aside from maybe the REALLY nice theaters, I too would be surprised at no smoking at shows in the 1970's.